Pierre Hermé is the emperor of eclairs, the prince of pound cakes, the macaron maestro and now the chief of a new chocolate bar pop-up in Paris that will only be open until Easter (April 5).
So colossal is Hermé's impact on the international pastry industry that the French government awarded him chevalier to the Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur and queuing outside his Rue Bonaparte shop is a gastrorite of passage. But the new chocolate bar at Le Royal Monceau Hotel, Raffles Paris makes for a more leisurely and elegant afternoon—an alternative to tea service.
Here's how the experience goes down: Grand Cru tester “tablets” with varying degrees of intensity: (Manjari, Araguani, Caraibe) arrive at your table. After choosing your favorite chocolate (there is a praline option for non chocolate fans), the menu is tailored to your palate.